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Winning! Alabama AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships Dec 4-6, plus ticket info

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Teams will leave it all on the field during the AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championship. Photo via AHSAA

It’s time for Alabama’s AHSAA 2019 Super 7 state football championships

The 2019 Alabama High School Association (AHSAA) Super 7 State Football Championships at Jordan-Hare stadium on the campus of Auburn, Alabama takes place Dec. 4-6, and we can’t wait. Why? Because you’ll be able to see the best high school football teams in the state of Alabama—all in one great stadium!

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We tried the new Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich at Jack’s. 4 reasons why you should too.

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The new fried chicken sandwich at Jack’s is worth every bite. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

It’s new. It’s improved. And Bham Now had to try it.  Here’s why you need to stop right now and head to the nearest Jack’s around Birmingham for their new Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich. Read on to find out more.

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Beyond lip service: why Encompass Health is making inclusion and diversity a priority

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“People are the heartbeat of any organization.”— Yolanda Turner. Photo via Encompass Health

One of Birmingham’s biggest assets is our diversity. When you hear about diversity at work, what comes to mind? A workshop? A training? The thing is, inclusion and diversity are–and should be–so much more than a single day or event. Encompass Health shared with us how they’re making inclusion and diversity a priority in their company, and the impact it’s having in their hospitals. Check it out. 

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Meals on Wheels helps keep more than 1,100 Jefferson County seniors from going hungry. See how you can help.

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Photo from United Way of Central Alabama video profiling Meals on Wheels.

The numbers are staggering.

In Jefferson County, Alabama, our local Meals on Wheels (MOW) Program delivers more than 1,100 meals per day, five days a week. Roughly 231,645 meals were delivered last year to every corner of the county. This year, the program is on track to serve 285,000 meals.

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Hoover’s new restaurant, Farrelly’s Southern Bar & Kitchen takes a modern spin on classic Southern fare

Southern classics meet modern twists at Farrelly’s. Photo via The Hoover Sun

A husband and wife duo are bringing elevated Southern cuisine to the Hoover area. This new locally owned restaurant specializes in some of your favorite dishes. I’m warning you now! Stomach growling and mouth-watering may occur.

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Birmingham Art Crawl’s Deck the ‘Ham Mural Contest Turns the City into a Winter Wonderland!

Janna Phillips making Birmingham a lot more festive! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you’re driving through Birmingham this holiday season, you may see that the local businesses have windows decked out in festive murals. Birmingham Art Crawl is celebrating another amazing year in the Magic City with its 5th annual “Deck the Ham” window mural contest.

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Behind the scenes at the Georgia-Pacific pulp mill in Monroe County. See what we learned

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Nathan and Matthew decked out in safety gear. Photo via Matthew Niblett for BhamNow

You know paper come from trees, but have you ever wondered how? Fellow Bham Now producer Matthew Niblett and I had the chance to find out during a tour of Alabama River Cellulose (ARC), a Georgia-Pacific facility in Monroe County, Alabama. Here’s what us Birmingham boys discovered during our journey.

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Got leftover food from your catered party? Let Second Servings donate it back to the community!

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Every catered party you attend this season gives you an opportunity to give back. Photo via Ashley Mac’s.


Do you really need that huge serving of chicken kabobs your coworker insisted you take home from the office holiday party?  This season, instead of letting leftovers live rent free in the back of your fridge, consider donating them to Second Servings, a Junior League of Birmingham initiative.

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5 holiday cookie decorating classes in Birmingham, including a gingerbread house workshop

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Don’t let the face fool you, my daughter loves making gingerbread houses every year. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

The holiday season holds many traditions, but one that many look forward to is decorating—and eating!—cookies. If you’re looking to boost your frosting and sprinkle skills, or even just want to nibble on some sweet treats, check out these cookie decorating classes taking place in Birmingham this December.

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5 holiday gift ideas for any budget at Four Corners Gallery in Birmingham (plus before/after photos)

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The shopping season has begun, and it’s time to pick the perfect holiday gift. Fortunately, Birmingham has fantastic local shops like Four Corners Gallery to help you find something for everyone on your shopping list.

Ranging from photo restoration to custom framing, the team at Four Corners has everything you need to give a gift from the heart and stay on budget. Contact Four Corners Gallery today and put a personal touch on your holiday gifts this year. 

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Meet Shep. One of United Ability’s superheroes leading their Champions Campaign in Birmingham

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United Ability superheroes at Hand in Hand. Photo from Kati Maddox

Every year, United Ability holds its Champions Campaign, a year-end fundraiser that supports the Hand In Hand Early Learning program for children 6 weeks up to 5 years of age, living with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, and other lifelong challenges.

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What are native plants and why do they matter here in Birmingham?

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HICA volunteers weeded and planted in Ruffner Mountain’s bird habitat garden. Photo courtesy of Bob Farley

You might have heard talk about ’native’ plants. But, what are they and more importantly, why should you care? We’re going to take a look at these questions in this first of a three part series. I invite you to come along with me to explore.

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Ring in 2020 at Iron City’s New Year’s Eve Party. EARLYBIRD discount ends Dec. 10

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This could be you celebrating the New Year at Iron City! Photo via Iron City

What better way to bring in the 2020s than by throwing it back to the 1920s? If you like flapper dresses and suspenders, make sure to come out to the Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party at Iron City on December 31. Make sure to get discounted tickets before December 10, using promo code: EARLYBIRD

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Startup roundup: 5 Birmingham companies that could make your life better

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Movers and makers at Hardware Park for the Purilan launch Nov. 20, 2019. Photo via Facebook

Anyone who’s been paying attention to Birmingham over the past few years knows that the city is fast becoming a hub of startup activity. Even Forbes weighed in, wondering whether Birmingham will be the next Silicon Valley (probably not) or Austin (possibly). To introduce you to some of the local startups worth watching, we’ve decided to start a regular startup roundup.

We hope you’ll join us and let us know about others you’re watching. For this first installment, we decided to focus on local companies that can make your life better. Keep reading for all the details.

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